The best camping near Lake Oahe

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Oahe adventure.

Become king of the wild frontier at this huge reservoir with plenty to do.  

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The best camping near Lake Oahe guide



Stay and play on the fourth-largest reservoir in the United States by volume. Oahe Dam on the Missouri River holds back 231 miles of water just north of Pierre, South Dakota. That means lots of recreational opportunities for you.

Fish for walleye, northern pike, channel cats, and smallmouth bass. Consider landing some Chinook salmon, which the state regularly stocks. Take advantage of a whopping 51 recreation areas along this lake. With a staggering 2,250 miles of shoreline, find at least one great fishing spot to call your own.

Visit Oahe Dam, one of the largest earth-rolled dams in the world. The dam is 245 feet tall, and it utilized the world's first rock-tunnel boring machine to build it. Take a tour of the power plant to see the dam up close.

Hiking trails, equestrian trails, and scenic byways are all part of this vast prairie and lake. Several local communities can help you obtain supplies and gear.

Campgrounds with varying amenities abound near this lake.

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